A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Screens are not the best way to teach babies and toddlers language. Despite that, kids may learn a few new words in their native language or in one of the other available languages.
Ease of Play
Kids just need to tap the screen repeatedly and watch what happens.
Products & Purchases
Small icon on the home page advertises other apps from the same developer. Parent gate stands in front of any actual purchase.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Other than the language flexibility, this early learning app doesn't have much going for it. Peekaboo Moona: Fun First Games by Baby & Toddler claims to teach very young children vocabulary words in multiple languages. The multiple languages piece is done relatively well, with real native-speaker voices and an easy way to switch among the language choices. The learning part is much less clear as, according to much research on language learning, babies and toddlers learn language best from their real-world interactions. Kids hear each word only two times, and the "peek-a-boo" game and the mini-animations are also extremely repetitive and don't offer much excitement after the first few taps. Besides all that, there's only an odd collection of words. Fruit, vegetables, around the farm, and even professions can certainly fit within the classic sets of vocabulary that young kids usually explore. However, the heroes category is questionable: How useful is it for kids to know the words "amazon" or "viking"? And many words are automatically gendered or have gendered phrasing: "fireman" instead of "firefighter," "policeman" instead of "police officer," or "space man" instead of "astronaut." So while it may be useful for looking at a small -- and somewhat odd -- collection of words in multiple languages, don't expect it to teach your young kids much without a lot of parent intervention.
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